Media/Policy Watch

Media/Policy Watch
This watch section is intended to alert readers to substantive news, analysis and opinion from the general media and selected think tanks and similar organizations on vaccines, immunization, global public health and related themes. Media Watch is not intended to be exhaustive, but indicative of themes and issues CVEP is actively tracking. This section will grow from an initial base of newspapers, magazines and blog sources, and is segregated from Journal Watch above which scans the peer-reviewed journal ecology.
We acknowledge the Western/Northern bias in this initial selection of titles and invite suggestions for expanded coverage. We are conservative in our outlook in adding news sources which largely report on primary content we are already covering above. Many electronic media sources have tiered, fee-based subscription models for access. We will provide full-text where content is published without restriction, but most publications require registration and some subscription level.
The sheer volume of vaccine and pandemic-related coverage is extraordinary. We will strive to present the most substantive analysis and commentary we encounter.


The Atlantic
Accessed 26 Jun 2021
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Accessed 26 Jun 2021
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The Economist
Accessed 26 Jun 2021
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Financial Times
News in-depth
Indian economy
India’s stricken countryside threatens to undermine recovery
June 27, 2021

Coronavirus latest: Brazil’s Covid inquiry hears testimony over controversial vaccine deal
Brazil’s Covid inquiry hears testimony over controversial vaccine deal
June 25, 2021

Coronavirus latest: Almost half of employed adults in Britain commuting, ONS finds
Israel to reimpose mask requirement despite vaccine success
June 25, 2021


Accessed 26 Jun 2021
8 hours ago
CDC: 4,115 Fully Vaccinated Have Been Hospitalized Or Died With Breakthrough Covid-19 Infections
Although the Covid-19 vaccines offer very good protection, they are not perfect. Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths can still occur.
By Bruce Y. Lee Senior Contributor

Breaking  |  
Jun 25, 2021
WHO Urges Fully Vaccinated People To Continue Wearing Masks As Delta Variant Spreads—But No Word From CDC
“People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses” in areas where community transmission is high, one official said.
By Alison Durkee Forbes Staff


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 26 Jun 2021
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 26 Jun 2021
The First Draft Account of the U.K.’s COVID-19 Catastrophe Is Damning
A new book gives the backstory of a dysfunctional early response.
By Jamie Maxwell, a political journalist in Glasgow, Scotland.

Demands for a Lab Leak Investigation Are a Dangerous Distraction
U.S.-China cooperation is vital for global health efforts.
By Deborah Seligsohn, an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University.
June 18, 2021


New Yorker
Accessed 26 Jun 2021
Medical Dispatch
The Delta Variant Is a Grave Danger to the Unvaccinated
One half of America is protected. The other is approaching a perilous moment in the pandemic.
By Dhruv Khullar
June 23, 2021


New York Times
Accessed 26 Jun 2021
As Parents Forbid Covid Shots, Defiant Teenagers Seek Ways to Get Them
Most medical consent laws require parental permission for minors to get a vaccine. Now some places are easing restrictions for Covid shots while others are proposing new ones.
By Jan Hoffman
PRINT EDITION Teens’ New Way To Defy Parents: Getting Vaccine| June 27, 2021, Page A1

Asia Pacific
In India, concern mounts over a variant called Delta Plus.
The version of the virus has been found in several other countries, too. Officials say that they are gathering data about its strength and emphasize that vaccines are likely to still offer protection.
By Sameer Yasir June 25

Asia Pacific
Indonesia’s Doctors Got Vaccinated With Sinovac, and Got Sick
Facing increased cases and a deadly variant, the Indonesian health system is under strain, as doctors become patients.
By Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono June 25

Brazil Passes 500,000 Covid Deaths, a Tragedy With No Sign of Letup
With 2.7 percent of the world’s population, Brazil has suffered 13 percent of the Covid-19 fatalities, and the pandemic there is not abating.
PRINT EDITION June 25, 2021


Washington Post
Accessed 26 Jun 2021
China says no strings attached to vaccine shipments overseas
BEIJING — China said Saturday that it provides vaccines to other countries with no political conditions attached, responding to a story by The Associated Press saying China pressured Ukraine into withdrawing from a multi-country statement on human rights in China’s Xinjiang region by threatening to withhold a COVID-19 vaccine shipment.
A statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it welcomed Ukraine’s decision to take its name off the statement at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, adding “we haven’t heard that Ukraine has encountered any difficulty in importing vaccines from China.”
The Associated Press, citing diplomats from two Western countries, reported that Ukraine had pulled its name from the statement Thursday after China warned it would block a planned shipment of at least 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines unless it did so. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly…
Associated Press · Jun 26, 2021